12.05.2009

Smitten Saturday

Sipping the Season I’ve never been one to ignore the holidays. There’s something about watching the decorations go up, and experiencing the joys of the season that literally makes me giddy until we’re well into the New Year. But I musn’t fib – or at least I shouldn’t. It is not just the spirit of Christmas which sends thrills and shivers up and down my spine for weeks on end, nor is it the catchy holiday tunes that are constantly spiraling through my mind. Mais non! The truth of the matter is that, aside from those addictive aspects, I simply cannot get enough of seasonal drinks! I know that they’re not necessarily the healthiest beverages on the block, but there’s something quite irresistible about being able to taste Christmas with each swallow. The Toffee Nut Latte, the Dark Cherry Mocha, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Peppermint Mocha, the Caramel Brulee Latte, the Gingerbread Latte, the Eggnog Latte… – kitty cats, I can’t help myself; I want to sample a different flavor with each passing day! How will you sip the season?

Easy Rider I will admit that my foray into horsemanship consisted of a handful of pony rides as a child, and a lifelong obsession with pop-up carousels that play whimsical music as you spin round and round upon plastic horses; but that has certainly not stopped me from developing an extreme obsession with equestrian styles in terms of fashion – specifically of the footwear variety. Darlings, it is my conviction that whether worn in the dead of winter with skinny jeans, or paired with cutoff denim shorts during the final days of a sultry Indian summer, riding boots are a necessity of the utmost importance – especially when they have a touch of weatherbeaten, rustic flair to their aesthetic. Frye’s Dorado Suede Riding Boot in Sand, with its seam detailing and distressed styling, is a stunning way to accessorize a flirty, floral-embellished flowy tank and dark wash skinnies. The faux-fur lined cuff of Sam Edelman’s Women’s Newport Flat Riding Boot in Black is a sophisticated way to add a splash of coziness to your look du jour. The creamy hue of Chrisantha’s Riding Boot in Mushroom is a high-fashion way to brighten up a low-key ensemble. And Rosegold’s Manon Riding Boot in Grey? Let’s be honest kittens…your body-hugging black leggings will never be the same. Ready to horse around?

A Date to Remember Despite the age of technology, each December I find myself eagerly scrounging the shops for a true pocket-sized calendar that I can hold in my hand. Something that doesn’t beep or require the use of buttons to input important dates or destinations that I simply cannot forget – like a romantic tryst involving an indoor picnic and a cute boy; or a dreaded yet necessary appointment with an obnoxious co-worker. Oui, it’s extremely old-fashioned; but the nostalgia adds such a vintage spice to life that is both quaint and charming – and, of course, extremely beneficial for those moments when twenty-first century luxuries fail. Thus, the hunt is on; and the contenders are making their way into my world in droves. Already I have been mesmerized by the whimsy of Kate Spade’s 2010 Spiral Desktop Calendar; smelled the roses proffered by Cath Kidston’s floral-bedecked 2010 Mini Agenda; gotten dreamy with the 8 Days A Week Planner; cooed over the cuteness of the Sukie Agenda; and come to the conclusion that I simply cannot make up my mind – I need them all! Dolls, do you keep a date book as well, or do you rely solely on technology?

You’ve Got Questions; They’ve Got Answers Darlings, obviously we can’t all afford our own personal stylists. As much as we’d love to simply ring up a hot to trot expert whenever we’re in a fashion jam, it’s simply not possible. Nevertheless, it’s no surprise that we adore celebrity style, and long to mimic the looks of our favorite starlets. StyleQ makes doing so a cinch. Not just an Online retailer, StyleQ literally gives you the chance to shop side by side (virtually, that is) with the people who personally dress some of today’s hottest stars – including Leighton Meester, Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell, and Scarlett Johansson – learning everything you could possibly want to know about channeling your own celebrity, and styling your chosen pretty. Currently I’m coveting the Sheer Ruffle Top by Jonesy, recently worn by Sophia Bush; the Wool Swing Cropped Coat loved by Rihanna; and the Natalie Silk Dress in Green so effortlessly worn by Kristen Bell. Whose celebrity stylist would you like to spend a little one on one time with?

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to So about what I said... and Shopbop for the pictures.
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36 comments

Sherin said...

I've just had a look at the Lime Cherry website and wow. Its absolutely amazing!
And I love the calenders you chose. My small desk calender is one of the most useful things I own! I really must thing about what one to buy for next year.

gleenn said...

I was smitten by Emma of "My fashion blog" 's video interview. How i wish I'm a personal stylist by profession too. i'm so envious. also, just tonight, i was smitten too by all the fire works around the city in celebration of the kig's bday. ;)

Leah said...

I know you love Alice in Wonderland.

I would eagerly sample all the holiday coffee drinks if not for the calories involved. Hahaha! But I can't resist the Peppermint Mocha, every year I'm waiting for it's arrival.

I love that Kate Spade calendar.

Happy weekend Erika!

PS. Speaking of Belle, we had a minor emergency today. She swallowed some food left by stray cats in my backyard. So I panicked, gave her 1/2 cup of sugar to swallow. She's okay, but I was so stressed.

Diane said...

i love the boot you have posted!

Jacqueline said...

I love the riding boots you posted a photo of and I am also smitten with black pant type legging this week. It seems I can't get enough of black skinny pants =) xoxo

www.FashionSnag.com

Melissa Blake said...

Ahhh, I'm in love with all this fantastical and fairytale too! :) Great round-up as always...

J'aime said...

I am too quite old fashioned, and I would love a picnic once in a while, not just sitting on the sofa, eyeing up the television. A nice scenery would do once in a while.

For a celebrity stylist, I think I'd choose whoever styles the T4 presenters, you might know them, I don't know if you live in england or not, but they style Alexa Chung somethings and Jamil, and Nikita.
I love their fashion, it's so casuaul but still good enough for tv. Youth style, that is growing up.

J'aime

www.tinominosquared.blogspot.com

Dina's Days said...

I'll be a pouch potato! I have to have planners and pocketbooks too. Even though I do have desktop calendars and a Blackberry.

Savvy Gal said...

E, I still use an old fashion date planner. I don't know there is something about actually writing something down.

Rachel Scarlet said...

I would prefer to defy the high-tech gadgets in this aspect by still using an old fashion date planner! I just love writing it down. Well, I'm smitten with jewellery and a washed-out skinny jeans. xoxo! Have a wonderful weekend Erika!

Rachel Scarlet said...

BTW, I checked out Lime Crime and StyleQ. Lime Crime is so candilicious! :P

la petite fashionista said...

i love the calendars! i'm the most disorganized person. i think if i had something really cute to keep me organized it miiiiight just work.

i'm smitten with all things holiday right now!

nonsenseofthetruth said...

Love the boots you posted and omgod that picture is just awesome! :) reminds me of summer.. oh <3 I'm also obsessed with all things fantastical ;) haha, totally understand you! xoxo Laura.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I'm sipping my Peppermint Mocha as I type this! I am so intrigued by this new makeup line! Im going to check it out and probably buy things I shouldn't ha.

I'm smitten with new friends! :)

English Rose ♥ said...

I loveeeeee my Gingerbread lattes and I quote Peter Pan and Alice in real life conversations too!!

We are far too similar for words darling lol i do believe that you are the ying to my blogging yang =]

Stay safe and chic
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I'd love riding boots, or at least just comfy flat boots.

If you were here, we should definitely go out for mulled wine or hot cocoa - they do it well in Europe!

evita nuh said...

me too! I’m so obsessed with all fantasy thing! :)

Emily said...

riding boots are love arn't they?

and that StyleQ website sounds divine, I'd love to have a celebrity stylist :)

Jessica said...

Erika! Great post, such inspiring writing you left me inspired! PS: Styletto has to be the best name ever! I live my life my my 'real' agenda book..its not the same on a screen. And I am always inspired by Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, and of course Sarah Jessica Parker!

Nubiasnonsense said...

lime crime is amazing! One of my friends knows her shes so talented and cute!

All Women Stalker said...

I get a calendar and organizer obsession this time of the year, too. Unfortunately, I never use them beyond February. Haha. I always forget. \

-meream

Jen said...

Love, love, LOVE those boots. Am going to check out your recommendations now. Can't think of anyone I'd trust more to advise me on where to buy fabulous things! :)

Fashion Court said...

darling, have you seen the previews for alice in wonderland in 3d? it's coming out in march and i'm so excited! haha, i know sort of random but you mentioned the movie, it's one of my favs!

ps: i got a mail slip today, apparently the mail man didn't leave the book i have to go pick it up on monday - thank you so much again! xo

Fashions By Lozano said...

Love your blog :)

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

One of the best parts of Christmas is definitely the fresh crisp in the air, begging you to showoff a perfect pair of riding boots and sip a delicious warm drink. I've been eyeing the Peppermint Mocha and it's definitely on my must-try list.
'Tis the season to be smitten.
-Tawney

Mimi said...

I absolutely love the two sites you recommended: Lime Crime and StyleQ. Thank you so much, they have gorgeous items! I for one and completely drawn to anything sparkly or has to do with "magic" as is Alice in Wonderland. Also, the mini calenders are very cute! Happy Saturday dear!

ekerplay said...

Whoah this is freaky... how many references to my life (at this moment) can you fit into a single post!

I'm planning on doing a LimeCrime review post soon (ignore the haters - it's a fabulous company with great products), I watched an awesome-slash-wierd Alice in Wonderland "adult movie" yesterday (I do believe in magic!), I'm currently reading Wharton’s 'The Age of Innocence', I've been craving xmas drinks like crazy lately (although more cocktails than coffees admittedly), i've fallen in love with my GoogleCalender over the past month (my "date book"), and I'm having a huge personal style overhaul in which a stylist/personal shopper would be much appreciated!!

I am smitten with you this week haha! And La Roux!!!!!!!!!!

Wrecked Stellar said...

great post! i love unicorns too :) this reminds me i need a new calendar! xo, mel

AudreyAllure said...

i love love love this holiday season too :) and i've been drinking the peppermint mocha frap so much lately i have to stop so i can continue buying christmas gifts haha

Miss Caitlin S. said...

What a sweet post, I loved reading it!!! I am loving Pouches too lately! Super cute ones. And totally with you on the Sipping part- yum, yum!! Also, I'm very much loving the picture you chose for this.

http://candyflosspersie.blogspot.com/

yiqin; said...

Nice photo <3

Leia said...

I tried my very first seasonal drink last night and loved it! It was the Gingerbread Latte. Now I've got to go back and try the rest! But I try not to have too much caffeine in my body so I'm afraid it might have to be a once-a-week treat for me. Ah, well, that makes it all the more special, n'est-ce pas? :)

Keith said...

Hey Erika. I hope this finds you doing well. I've been smitten with the fact that it was my birthday. I had a great time. I do hope you've been enjoying the weekend. I've got my first giveaway going now so I hope you'll enter. Thanks. Cheers!

Inspiration in Italy said...

Hello Beautiful! I love seasonal drinks as well, and I just checked out this makeup company...it is so dreamy! The fantastical nature is so enchanting, especially for a makeup line. I love bold and pretty colours...just wonderful! Thank you for all this wonderful weekend inspiration, and I hope you are having a great one!

xoxoxo
Rachel

michelle_ said...

i guess we seem to have a lot in comment these days dont we ? im also obsessed with oversized handbags bt im starting to be fascinated by all the pouches! they look like magic bags like the ones in harry potter to me !

im actually thinking of spurlging that leather pants too . the fit was like MADE FOR ME . it fit snuggly on my thighs and butt.. god im still thinking abt it . bt am trying to save money for the Brightspot Market event on this Friday.. (check http://brightspotmarket.com/ for more info)

i love those boots by the way ~
oh and that lime crime cosmetic seems like sumtin to watch out for :D

S.Elisabeth said...

Ooh This is incredible. I'm checking out StyleQ right now. Love things that come off as old-fashioned, and riding boots get me through winter! I'm in love with my pair from Victoria's Secret (Madden Girl, I believe).
I'm smitten with... Taiwan, real Asian food, Victoria Beckham's book, Victoria's Secret in general (managed to finally watch the fashion show!), and snow because it snowed crazily outside yesterday and now everything is a winter wonderland!

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